45 NGOs Oppose New ‘Swim With Dolphins’ Park

Written by on June 18, 2013 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins

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Newly planned dolphin-swim facility in Bahamas vehemently opposed

Environmental and animal rights groups are opposing the creation of a new marine mammal facility with a ‘swim with captive dolphins’ program at Blackbeard’s Cay in the Bahamas. Many are saying that the plans for the facility were never made public and after repeated requests to government agencies, the permits have still not been released. But despite the controversy, the pens for the dolphins have already been installed.

Shark spawning ground found on Mingulay Reef by Edinburgh scientists

Blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus.

Blackmouth catshark, Galeus melastomus. Photo credit: Etrusko25.

Scientists recently discovered egg cases of the blackmouth catshark wedged amongst the corals of Mingulay Reef in Scotland. Scientists know so little about deep water corals–Mingulay Reef itself was only discovered a decade ago–that it came as a big surprise that catsharks were laying eggs down there. This discovery will help improve our understanding of deep-sea sharks.

Submarine springs reveal how coral reefs respond to ocean acidification

A new study has shown for the first time that corals cannot fully acclimate to low pH conditions in their natural environment. Researchers studied corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater and found that, while the corals could still grow, their skeletons were less dense which makes them more vulnerable to physical erosion. As atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to rise and ocean acidification continues, it will become more and more difficult for corals to form their hard calcium carbonate skeletons.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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